Emma Palmer

Emma Palmer demonstrates the range of students taking dual credits at Georgian College. The program is designed for students facing challenges towards graduation but that does not mean that these students are not academically strong.  The challenges are often connected to social and mental health.


Emma came to dual credit on the Muskoka campus following struggles with anxiety and online bullying. She decided to try the general education course, Lifestyle Management, to see what post-secondary education would be like. The 17-year-old is mulling over acceptances to three universities and five colleges in a variety of health care programs.

Emma has really enjoyed her experience at Georgian. “Dual credit is a unique opportunity to meet people that we may not have otherwise met, and it’s a different style of learning which is fun,” she says.

Emma’s secondary teacher calls Emma “a remarkable young woman with a fierce work ethic who comes to each class with a positive attitude and a friendly manner”. And she’s been rewarded for that approach.  In January, Emma was one of 85 Canadian students awarded a $5000 scholarship from the Horatio Alger Association. This scholarships are given to deserving high school students who have overcome significant adversity while demonstrating strength of character, strong academics, a commitment to pursuing higher education as well as a desire to contribute to society.

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